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Small businesses less concerned about online security threats despite increase in cyber attacks

AT&T Small Business Data Security Poll Results

Despite an increase in the number of cyber attacks targeted at small businesses, fewer of them are concerned about the security of their own operations, according to a new poll from AT&T.

The 2013 AT&T Small Business Data Security Poll found that 37% of small businesses are “very concerned” about computer and online security threats – a nearly 50% drop since 2009 when 68% were “very concerned.” Only 27% “strongly agree” that security of their wireless devices is a concern – a 21% drop from last year. These findings come despite the following industry statistics:

·         Nearly one-third of businesses indicate that a major security breach has the potential to put them out of business entirely. (National Computer Security Association)

·         Spyware infections require two-and-a-half days to resolve and cost small businesses $8,000 a year, in addition to any lost revenue associated with the incident. (CompTIA)

·         Seven in 10 small businesses go out of business within a year of a severe data loss. (Price Waterhouse Coopers)

During the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week, happening around the country this week, AT&T has provided tips to help small businesses protect themselves against cyber threats (found below my signature).

For additional cyber security preparedness resources, please visit Safeguard Your Business

Mobile Security Tips:

·         Install mobile security software on any device accessing business data (including email)

·         Turn on password protection for all mobile devices

·         Consider an MDM solution that can separate personal and business data on mobile devices

·         Employ remote wipe on lost or stolen devices

·         Activate encryption features for data shared on mobile devices

·         Only download apps from credible apps stores

Online/Computer Security Tips:

·         Ensure all business transactions are done over a secure network connection

·         Install network firewall and VPN for remote access

·         Make sure anti-virus software is up-to-date

·         Implement encryption on servers, desktops, laptops & removable media

·         Backup critical information remotely and prepare a secure restoration procedure

·         Prepare a denial of service prevention strategy

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AT&T Mobility

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